Three individuals have died in Agosasa, Ipokia Native Authorities Space of Ogun State after a conflict over who turns into the subsequent monarch of the city.
Following the dying of the primary Oja of Agosasa, Oba James Elegbede, in February 2022, there was pressure over who would take over the throne.
It was gathered that the Obaship tussle received to its climax on Sunday when the youths of Agosasa took to the streets to warn towards the set up of an unpopular candidate as the subsequent Oja.
Dailypost learnt that “the youths of Agosasa are towards the alleged steps being taken by a socialite and member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Otunba Akeem Adigun, to put in a king.
On Sunday, about 5 individuals have been reportedly injured and brought to hospital when the face-off began.
“The intervention of soldiers, policemen and traditionalists helped to stop the crisis on Sunday evening. I could not pass through the town while going home,” an Ipokia resident disclosed.
The state of affairs, nonetheless, received out of hand on Monday with the homicide of 1 Nafiu Amosun, who was stated to be the closest ally to the candidate being supported by the youths of Agosasa.
The indignant youths alleged that the stated Nafiu Amosun was shot useless close to the Afa river by the opposite faction and this triggered the present chaos in the neighborhood.
As of Monday night, homes and autos belonging to Akeem Adigun; a former council Chairman and appointee of Governor Dapo Abiodun, Isiaka Aderounmu and others have been set on hearth by some indignant youths.
Additionally, two extra individuals have been stated to have been killed, making a complete of three lives misplaced within the melee.
“At the moment, Agosasa is like a ghost town with a heavy presence of soldiers and policemen. Residents are indoors as those who could flee are already on their way out of the town. Some are running away through the forest. It is getting out of hand,” one other supply stated in confidence.
It was gathered that chiefs and elders of the city are additionally on the run over concern that their homes may be razed.
In the meantime, little children of Ipokia Native Authorities have taken to social media to name for calm, asking the State Authorities to take an pressing step to revive peace in Agosasa.
“There is war in Agosasa. This is not a joke. The Ogun State Government should stay action on Agosasa Obaship issue for now,” an elder has suggested.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Native Authorities and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ganiyu Hamzat, didn’t reply calls nor reply to textual content messages despatched to him to react to the state of affairs.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, has confirmed the incident, saying one individual was confirmed to have been shot useless to one of the best of his information.
“The incident in Agosasa is an Obaship tussle. Unfortunately, one person was shot. We learnt that some houses and vehicles were razed. But our men are there on ground. The operation is being led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations. Normalcy has been restored and our men are on ground to forestall the further escalation of the crisis,” Oyeyemi stated.
The police spokesman disclosed that some arrests have been made however refused to offer additional particulars about these arrested.
Oyeyemi warned that individuals mustn’t take legal guidelines into their arms for any motive.
He stated the Obaship tussle ought to have been left for the court docket to handle, saying “we don’t need to shed blood because of the Oba title.”
“If everyone in the town had been killed before the installation, who will the new king rule over? Its not worth it. Nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of anybody. We should learn how to address issues legally instead of toeing the path of violence. It doesn’t pay anybody,” he suggested.